China’s Li Na Wins the Australian Open (VIDEO)
China’s Li Na stormed to her second major singles title, battling past brave underdog Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 to win the Australian Open women’s final on Rod Laver Arena.
The 31-year-old fourth seed was crowned the Melbourne Park champion on her third attemptafter losing in the 2011 and 2013 finals, adding to the French Open title she won three years ago.
In doing so, she became the oldest winner of the women’s title, surpassing Margaret Court who was 30 when she became champion in 1973.
The Chinese star also joins an exclusive list of just seven other players to win a grand slam at 30-plus, with her name now in the history books alongside greats such as Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert and Serena Williams.
The win pushes her one place higher in the world rankings to three, just 11 points adrift of Victoria Azarenka in second behind Williams.
Li paid tribute to her coach Carlos Rodriguez, admitting it was his guidance that made her stay in the sport and ignore retirement.
Li Na’s Path To Australian Open Victory!
- First Round: def. Ana Konjuh (CRO) 6-2, 6-0
- Second Round: def. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
- Third Round: def. Lucie Safarova (CZE, 26th seed) 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
- Fourth Round: def. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS, 22) 6-2, 6-0
- Quarter-Final: def. Flavia Pennetta (ITA, 28) 6-2, 6-2
- Semi-Final: def. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN, 30) 6-2, 6-4
- Final: def. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK, 20) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
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